Thursday, August 11, 2011

Interview with Daniel Blue of Motopony

The Motopony song "Seer" caught my ear earlier this year, with it's funky mix of indie pop and folk rock. There was something in the singer's delivery that seemed authentic, not the usual overly polished vocals which dominate the airwaves these days. I chose this song for my summer playlist and gave a good listen to their entire self-titled release. 

It was surprising to hear a variety of stylistic treatments in the band's first collection of songs, which revealed a confidence within the group. This music is clearly not created by guys still in college or younger -- frontman Daniel Blue had a career in fashion design before poetry and music took over. His story sounded interesting even before I was offered the opportunity to interview him last month. Over the phone he was very sweet, opening up with a very polite, laid-back, and accent-twinged voice about where he's been plus where the band is going on tour and beyond.
My PopMatters interview here.

Expanded/updated tour dates:
August 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR*

August 27 Rio Theatre Vancouver, BC*
September 5 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle,WA

September 8         Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN

September9 Schuba’s Chicago, IL

September 12 Jammin’ Java Vienna,VA

September 14 Ninth Ward Buffalo, NY

September 15 Mercury Lounge New York, NY

September 16 The Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA

September 17 Lark Street Albany,NY

September 20 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON

September 22 Musica Akron, OH

September 27 The Basement Columbus, OH

September 28 Southgate House Newport, KY

September 29 Cicero’s St. Louis, MO

October 13 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON†

October 14 Le Petit Campus Montreal, QC†

October 15 DeLuna Fest Pensacola Beach, FL

October 16 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA†

October 17 The Middle East Cambridge, MA†

October 18 The Met Pawtucket, RI†

October 19 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY†

October 21 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC†

October 22 The Club at Water Street Rochester, NY†

October 24 The Basement Columbus, OH†

October 25 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL†

October 26 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN†
* with Daniel Johnston

† with Viva Brother